gateslacker: (almostannoyed)
First! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat for my adorable Halloween Spider (((hugs you!)))

Second! Belated birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] archaeologist_d and [livejournal.com profile] mal119119. I am sorry that I suck and that these wishes are super late

Third! I am sorry that I seem to just suck in general at keeping up lately. I do tend to read what is going on with everyone but, sadly, time gets away from me and the replies don't often make it from my head to the screen. If I could send telepathic good wishes, I would!


It has been a hugely stressful, craptastic week for me, probably amplified by estrogen and progesterone duking it out for supremacy.

Me whining about boring stuff )
On to the entertainment talk which is way more fun.

Some brief Merlin thoughts...not today's (Yet!!) )
Other shows I have watched

Walking Dead, Chuck, and Sanctuary )
Now off to watch "His Father's Son".  Is it just me or does anyone else feel a bit of anxiety and apprehension going in to these series 4 eps? I go in afraid of what is going to happen next!
gateslacker: (BBThee)
 

I'm still getting used to this crazy five day work week but, so far, I am LOVING my job. Once I got past the snooze fest of paperwork and reading of orientation manuals and started seeing patients, I started having fun. I realize that it won't always be this way because the schedule will increase and also, sure as the world, something will come up and I will feel seven kinds of stupid. It WILL happen. Repeatedly. The chances are really great as the week I've started referring to as " despair and devastation week"  is looming. We'll see.

I have further evidence that my fellow NP's are kindred spirits. They think that we should be given holiday leave time the day the final Harry Potter movie premieres. LOL!

Oh my gosh! My son has a girlfriend!?! Wha?  We've already broached the "Mom prefer's abstinence...or condoms" topic. I told him he could get them for free at the health department! 

I'm supremely irritated that the weather has nixed my swimming plans two Saturdays in a row! Grrrrr. 

Oh my goodness!! As usual, I am a day late and a dollar short but I finally saw The Eagle and it was AMAZING!!!  Even though I typically don't get all fannish over movies,  I can see why people did and do! It was awesome!  (I must need more than a time-limited movie story to fall into that sort of thing. And, yeah, I was gaga over Neo and The Matrix but even though I have watched it more times than I can count, I never read fanfiction about it so there ya go. I suppose the reading of fanfiction has become my ultimate fangirl litmus test).

Speaking of being a fangirl, I'm really gonna have to wait till March 2012 for the US DVD release of Parked? Seriously!?!  Sometimes I wonder why I do not purchase a multi-region DVD player and be done with it as this whole region thing frequently annoys me.

I also went against my usual phobia of watching-a-new-show-that-might-be-quickly-cancelled and watched Falling Skies. (Because Noah Wyle is in it!!). Call me sufficiently intrigued. Wyle always manages to portray a sympathetic character and I was also rather impressed with Colin Cunningham's performance (Major Davis in the Stargate world). Plus, the long hair suits CC!

Finally, I leave you with my laugh for the week. The guy with the nearly full legbag WEARING  SHORTS had me falling out of my chair with laughter!! Of course, now I have the song stuck in my head which is rather unfortunate. Along with some shudder worthy images. Still, it did make me laugh in a horrified way.

 

 

gateslacker: (danielpuppetsarepeople)
Since I am running out of bookshelf space, I decided to buy only eBooks, when available, from here on out. Of course, I HAD to make an exception for my friend [livejournal.com profile] soniag 's first novel, THE REVENANT. It will be out in less than two weeks and I am so excited for her! I cannot wait to read it!!!!! Check it out!
 
 I received the phone call this morning that all the paperwork is in order and I am set to start my new job on 6/13. I will be glad to get started!

However,  today reminded me that I am going to miss my summer sun fun. I headed to Paris Landing and the water was PERFECT. Usually, it is almost too cold this early in the summer but these ongoing 90 plus degree temps have remedied that.

I don't care that it is already hot. It felt good! Have I mentioned that I love summer?
 
On that note, I know that I cannot go without my summer swim time indefinitely so I have already started pricing condos (with pool!) in the town where I will be working. It's a little premature, of course, but what the heck.

The cicadas are still driving me bonkers! To top it off, one got into my car  while I was cleaning it out the other day and I had to hear the thing in the garage for a day or so before it finally died. Even when I walk with my iPhone, I can still hear that loud, all pervasive hum behind the music.
 
*Beware squeamish reader* While I was walking the other day, I came across a particularly gruesome squirrel roadkill. It was a definite Eeeew moment for me. Then, I started wondering how I can manage a fairly effective amount of clinical detachment when I encounter A DOA patient who is missing the back part of his skull and has bits of brain on his clothing but then get all squicked when faced with roadkill squirrel blood and brains. Makes no sense. Maybe it has something to do with the environment of the encounter. /gruesome
 
Unlike those lucky folks who can listen to books or chat, I *have* to have music to work out to. So, I am always on the lookout for new tunes to get me moving. Here's my cool old, but new to me, go to workout song. 

 
Tonight, I am going to try Zumba for the first time! I hope I can keep up.

Good grief, my son has already managed his first speeding ticket. How long did that take? 2 weeks? Even though he is being appropriately punished (has to take care of the whole deal himself,  has to take the required class, and can only drive back and forth to work till Monday), I'm not too mad about it because he was going 40mph in a 30mph and was caught less than 20 feet from the increased speed limit sign. (Apparently, he has forgotten about our entire town being one giant speed trap). It is partially my fault as I always start speeding up or slowing down when I see a sign, not when I get to or pass the sign. I have warned him that, like my brother when he was that age, they are gonna be watching out for his car. (Yeah, such is life in a small town)
 
Ahhhhhh. More lovely filming photos from Raglan Castle by [livejournal.com profile] archaeologist_d  Thank you so much for that much needed fix!  They are a bit spoilery, but since when has that ever stopped me? I CANNOT WAIT till series 4
 
 
gateslacker: (colincathal)
 Well, I am packed and ready to head out to Boston tomorrow to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] sabriel75 . Yay!! I packed as light as I could because I don't want to check anything going in.

It has been a busy day what with laundry and packing. I had hoped that my house would be in better shape before I left but that may not happen, especially since I leave way too early tomorrow. Too early to even grab coffee from somewhere! *gasp*  I'll have to program the coffeepot if I can figure it out because coffee must be had!

I also managed to send out the 20 page packet for licensure today so I have NO WORRIES heading out and nothing pressing when I return. Yay again!!

I read the first two books in the Hunger Games series on two different days last week and I have saved the third for the trip. I will admit I devoured the first two, no pun intended. I knew it was a good idea to save the series for after certification. I remember telling my brother that it "would make a good movie".  How  I missed the previous hullabaloo over the movie and its casting, I'll never know.
 
Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] ella_bane  has made my day with her lovely picspam. "Manly shoulder squeeze of love" indeed!!!! Bromance or more? You be the judge!!
gateslacker: (merlinfacepalmB&W (sorta))
 As I impatiently wait for my Merlin alternate viewing method to "complete" I figured I'd post to pass the time. I really look forward to Saturdays because, even though it is alternately work day or spend hours and hours on assignments day, it is also new Merlin day which makes it a pretty good day that cancels out all that other stuff. Today, I had to work so I just rolled in the door about 5 min ago. Of course, spoiled as I am by my own TV, I will have to wait longer because I must burn to DVD before watching.

Today it is harder to wait because I am seeing the squee all over my flist and I am just dying to read all the reaction posts.

Ah, the anticipation.

Anyway. so I am doing my big, big, final paper (the one I have the bazillion articles for) on vitamin D deficiency.  All of my reading has basically convinced me that everyone should be taking vitamin D supplementation and I even started taking taking 2000 I.U. a day myself just this  week, as well as forcing it on my gamer son. I mean, with the exception of summer where we hit the pool every chance we get but where we (well me mostly) slather on the sunscreen, anyway, he sees the sun even less than I do.

Truthfully, I had been feeling really tired for months and months and months.. forever really and even during the summer when I am usually my most energetic and active. Finally, it was about time to check my thyroid function again, so I saw my PCP last week. (Yes, I'm one of those nurses who avoids going to the doctor until I absolutely have to, either adopting a perpetual wait and see approach or saving it all up till the next time I have to go have my blood drawn. I freely admit even I would hate to see me coming....especially if I had saved up a bunch of non-specific, vague symptoms that don't really tell a provider a dad gum thing)  I didn't really think my thyroid issue was my problem even though it can be from time to time when my dosage needs adjusting.

So, we did more than just the usual yearly CBC, CMP and TSH. This time she decided to check my vitamin D level and in a case of art imitating life (and vice versa) my level was 13ng/mL!!  Heck, less than 10ng/mL is considered a severe deficiency and normal, though there seems to be a bit of debate on what should be considered optimal, is 25-80ng/mL.  It was actually quite a surprise that it was that low since summer pool time hasn't been over that long. Imagine what it would have been come winter. And, oh yeah, I'm also anemic, though that isn't a real shocker.

All in all, it certainly explains my feeling of having to slog through every day, forcing myself to do all that I need to do. But, I thought it was all so terribly ironic and I had to share. My piddly 2000 I.U. isn't going to cut it though. We're going for the big loading dose guns of 50,000 I.U. twice a week for a bit!

Oh, and now my DVD is encoding. It won't be too long now!
gateslacker: (colinwho)

Whelp, this is the last full week of summer for Brandon and I didn't hole up in the house completely. (Yay me!) We went to see Inception which was pretty dang good and it was off to the pool today. The water was bathwater tepid but felt good collapsing into, nonetheless, after feeling a tad  wibbly-wobbly by the end of my walk. Serves me right for being a lazo the past two weeks.

The D*C catalog came in the mail but I still haven't really begun to get excited, though I am looking forward to seeing my friends! I discussed my trip with Brandon, today, to see where he might want to stay while I am gone. He said that he just wanted to spend the weekend at home. I think he is old enough but, still, I am a wee bit leery about him being in the house by himself, overnight ,and for the whole weekend. Am I being a worry wart? I do trust him not to destroy the place while I am gone. After all, I work 12 hour shifts and he is here alone for that. Is it as big a step as I am making it out to be?

[livejournal.com profile] de23 , after trying rather unsuccessfully to get into Making Money, I decided to just give it up for now and read Mort (The spreadsheet you sent me was very handy, even if I am still pretty confused.) I LOVED Mort!!  I felt these characters were pretty engaging from the very start and, I have to say, DEATH was a hoot! I found myself really empathizing with his Mid Eternity crisis, if there can be such a thing where eternity is concerned. There were plenty of LOL moments, the most recent being this bit:

In the great hall of the Unseen University, everything happened at once*

and then the post script at the bottom of the page,

*This was not precisely true. It is generally agreed by philosophers that the shortest time in which everything can happen is one thousand billion years.

Anyway, you think I could borrow a couple more from you that I can get next week or when we head to Apple Hill?

I finished Season 2 of Leverage with "The Fairy Godparents Job", "The Order 23 Job", and "The Ice Man Job" being among my favorites. "The Future Job" brought me to tears rather unexpectedly. But, why was Sophie out of it for much of it? Was she preggers or something? Anyway, I thought Jeri Ryan filled in nicely and even I was fooled during her introductory episode. Go writers! Oh, Hardison, you make me Happy! I suppose it will be awhile before season 3 is out. I don't even know what season they are on right now?

Ick, work tomorrow. What has happened my work ethic?  It used to be rather pronounced.

Bah, Humbug

May. 1st, 2009 12:32 pm
gateslacker: (almostannoyed)


For better or worse, I have completed my final for this miserable class. Usually, you see at least a preliminary grade but she must have changed something on the last two tests where you do not see a grade right after taking the test. Gah! I have calculated what I need to make an A and even a preliminary grade would have given me some sort of relief, either good or bad. Part of me just does not care but part of me will always care no matter how ridiculous it all is in the grand scheme of things.

It is nice to be off this weekend, though, even though I agreed to watch Brianna while Frannie and Mike went out on a date. Must be nice to go out on a date. It really is no wonder that all my fortune cookies and horoscopes talk about work since that is pretty much it. It's really too bad that I'm not the type of person who lives for their career and to work.

I joined Facebook because my son decided to join. I really don't think I am going to enjoy it as much as LJ but we'll see.

It's still raining and might do so the whole weekend. I think I will start that Twilight book I purchased. I doubt I'll have much chance for reading with Bri here but she'll be going home tomorrow. I've been wanting to take her to the park but that seems to be out of the question.

gateslacker: (beauty)
It has been a nice leisurely week and after the horror that was last weekend, I am eternally grateful. Brandon missed the bus this morning..argh..so I had to drive him to school all the while remaining hopeful that I wouldn't get pulled over or see anyone I knew as I had thrown on some clothes and barely combed my hair. Last night, we came home from church to discover that I had locked us out of the house so I am wondering what third stupid thing I am going to do today..LOL!

I am hoping the skies clear a bit for a walk but I know we probably need some rain as well. I have been working on my season nine vid, though not obsessively. (Yay me!) Strangely enough, I have this idea for a Farscape vid that will have to be made whenever I have the DVD's necessary to make it. New territory for me as I have never made anything other than Gate vids! I have managed to work my way through the Galactica backlog..LOL. I am up to the two part season finale.

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